The Future of Heat in Buildings Has Policymakers Reconsidering How We Plan Natural Gas Infrastructure

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Nov 2, 2022 3:00:00 PM

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2022 has been a banner year for clean energy, with several important policy, market, and geopolitical drivers shifting the conversation. Electric building heating technologies are no exception and as the use of natural gas declines in response to these trendlines, a lot remains “TBD” on how to transition away from the fossil fuel. Because the decisions we make today will lock in infrastructure and costs for decades, state policymakers are beginning to reexamine the way we plan and pay for the use of gas in buildings today. They need new tools, and AEE is here to help. 

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, Regulatory, Energy Efficiency, Manufacturing and Infrastructure

A Cost-Allocation Win in New York for Distributed Energy Resources

Posted by Danny Waggoner on Apr 28, 2022 9:30:00 AM

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On March 16, the New York Public Service Commission quietly adopted a significant advancement in rate design. It did so as a result of a long proceeding on standby and buyback rates, in which AEE argued that owners of distributed generation not eligible for net metering (such as standalone storage facilities and institutions with combined-heat-and-power systems) were being overcharged for the customer-specific components of those rates. While the PSC action seemingly addressed a technical matter, the impact is a big win for advanced energy in New York, as it will lead to new rates much more favorable for a range of distributed energy resources (DERs).

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Topics: State Policy, PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, Utility, Regulatory

Colorado is Poised to Boost DERs Through Distribution System Planning

Posted by Noah Garcia on Sep 14, 2021 12:00:00 PM

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In most parts of the country, how utilities plan their distribution systems – the network of poles, wires and other equipment designed to support electricity delivery at the local level – is something of a “black box.” But now, with the continued proliferation of distributed energy resources (DERs) – ranging from rooftop solar to onsite battery storage and demand response – available to help manage electric supply and demand at the distribution level, that black box needs to be opened. Colorado is doing just that by joining a growing number of states that are implementing distribution system planning (DSP) rules for the first time.

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Topics: State Policy, PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, PowerSuite

ERCOT Cold-Weather Blackouts Point to the Need for More Advanced Energy

Posted by Erica Glenn on Feb 17, 2021 4:54:58 PM

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Texas is in the midst of a severe and historic winter weather event, which has led to the worst outages the state has experienced in decades. With over 4 million Texans losing power, all eyes are on the state’s grid manager and market operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and market participants like power plant owners and operators, demand side resources, and other grid assets as they work around the clock to restore the grid to normal operating conditions. Defenders of the energy status quo are also using the occasion to cast doubt on advanced energy technologies – especially wind power, on which Texas is a national leader. But they’ve got it exactly backwards. The troubles in Texas point to the need for more advanced energy, not less. 

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Topics: 21st Century Electricity System, Wholesale Markets, Texas Advanced Energy Business Alliance, Texas

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2020

Posted by Noah Garcia on Dec 21, 2020 1:59:58 PM

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In August, we published our list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2020, so far. With a tumultuous 2020 largely in the rearview mirror, we now look back on the 10 trends that defined the utility regulatory arena this year. It is difficult to overstate the influence COVID has had on virtually every facet of the energy sector – and utilities were no exception. Nor is it possible to ignore the impact that extreme weather events have had on utility planning and operations. On top of that, the outcome of the presidential election promises to shape the federal energy regulatory landscape for years to come. Because of – or  perhaps in spite of – these transformational shifts, advanced energy is well-positioned for continued growth in 2021.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, Year in Review, Utility, Regulatory